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Glossary

carbon emissions
The release of carbon into the atmosphere. To talk about carbon emissions is to talk of greenhouse gas emissions; the main contributors to climate change.

congestion
A condition on a road that occurs as use of that road increases. It is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased queues.

electric vehicle (EV)
Vehicle powered by one or more electric motors which gets power from a battery. They use no petroleum-based fuel and produce no tailpipe emissions.

inclusive design
Design process in which a product, service or environment is optimised for the specific uses or needs of a community.

Low powered vehicle (LPV)
Definitions vary, but generally an LPV does not meet the definition of a motor vehicle and they can be used without a license or the need to register the vehicle. They also have wheel size and engine power limits.

motorway
A dual-carriageway road designed for fast traffic, with relatively few places for joining or leaving.

NZ Road Code
A guide to New Zealand road law and safe driving practices https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/

pedestrian
A person walking rather than travelling in a vehicle.

public transport
Bus transport is the main form of public transport in New Zealand. Auckland and Wellington also have suburban rail systems. Some cities also operate local ferry services. Aeroplanes are also part of the public transport network.

road
A wide way leading from one place to another, especially one with a specially prepared surface which vehicles can use.

Shared path
An area of road, separated from a roadway, that may be used by some or all of the following persons at the same time: pedestrians, cyclists, riders of mobility devices and riders of wheeled recreational devices.

State Highways
Major national roads in a network. They consist of SH 1 running the length of both islands; SH 2-5 and 10-58 in the North Island, and SH 6-8 and 60-99 in the South Island. State highways are marked by red shield-shaped signs with white numbering.

sustainable
Using natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of an area.